Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Biological Sciences

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C120
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Your study of the fascinating subjects of Biological Sciences will enable you to understand the function and interaction of microorganisms, plants and animals.

  • The course spans molecular, cellular, genetic and behavioral aspects of how organisms live and interact.
  • The course structure enables the opportunity to study aspects of biology of interest to the individual, ranging from molecular biology to animal conservation.
  • You will have ample opportunity to develop technical competence and undertake experiments which explore how living organisms function.
  • As you proceed through the course you will acquire transferable skills which will assist you in your studies and which are valued by employers. These skills include numeracy, scientific publication, oral presentation, digital literacy, time management and career planning.
  • By the end of the course your knowledge of biology, understanding of technological advances and application of scientific information will put you in a strong position to choose your future career.

 

What happens on the course?

Year 1 - Provides you with a foundation in the biology of micro-organisms, plants and animals. Studies combine to explain the genetic, molecular and chemical basis of life. Key numeric, written, laboratory, IT and study skills are an important feature, to facilitate effective study throughout the coming years.

Year 2 - Expands on the fundamentals of year one to more deeply explore the genetic control, molecular activities and cellular organisation in microorganisms, plants and animals. Options allow development of interest in, for example, microbiology, biotechnology, conservation, animal behaviour and human evolution.  Dedicated practical modules provide the opportunity to explore theory and practice whilst preparing you for your specialist Honours research project.

The Sandwich year is an optional yet highly recommended opportunity to experience a working environment. The sandwich placement provide students with invaluable vocational experience in a relevant industrial or research environment, which is supported by a University supervisor throughout.

Year 3 - Explores advanced topics and issues depending upon the options of choice. These include animal biology and behaviour, food microbiology, plant biotechnology, and the ethical and social implications of biological exploitation. You also undertake an extensive Honours research project of your choice within your preferred specialism.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A degree in Biological Sciences opens a variety of career opportunities. Your knowledge of biological systems, attainment of transferable skills and technical competence enable you consider a range of career paths. Science related employment in technology based companies, whether multinational or smaller enterprises in biotechnology, agricultural, pharmaceutical and government agencies are all potential avenues. Food manufacturing and water companies require employees to undertake varied responsibilities such as quality assurance and the development and production of new products.

Having been enthused by the Honours project, students often pursue post graduate qualifications on MSc courses such as MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology the proposed new Master in Biology due to begin in 2015, or research based PhD programmes.
The broad scope of the course accommodates non-scientific careers and consequently teaching, retail, marketing and management are all realistic options.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • The course has recently been awarded Society of Biology Recognition
  • The latest National Student Survey reveal that students were 100% satisfied with their course.
  • All our state-of-the-art laboratories are located in a brand new building, the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre which has a diverse range of specialist facilities including genetic and molecular analysis and product analysis, and facilities for growing cells, including a separate fermentation suite.
  • We have been running a degree programme in Biological Sciences for over 20 years.
  • Our academic staff is comprised of experienced teachers and researchers who are enthusiastic about their subject and who understand the requirements of science graduates in industry.
  • Our teaching has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency (23/24).
  • Each student is allocated a personal tutor and learning support is offered in many different forms including all lecture material available online with additional addition to videos demonstrating the practical skills to be learnt - our student support has been highly praised by both external and University assessors.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13450 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD to include a Science subject, preferably Biology
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit, to include at least 18 credits in Science

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Royal Society of Biology

"Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol)."

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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